EROI Festival 2013

Eastman School of Music’s 2013 EROI Festival Celebrates Organ Music Since 1940 with William Bolcom, Anton Heiller, Masterclasses, and More

From September 26 to 29, the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester presents the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival, “Spectrum of Sound: Aspects of Organ Music since 1940.” For the first time in its 12-year history, this annual celebration of all things organ will be devoted to music of our time,…

Getting it Rite the First Time

As an occasional feature of the Eastman Blog, I’ll ask various Eastman musicians or other guests about their first encounter with a particular piece or genre of music. (Yes, this is blatant theft of the New York Times’ “First Crush” feature.) In slightly late observance of the centenary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, I asked…

There Will Never Be Another You

The death of the remarkable Marian McPartland on August 20 deprived the jazz world of one of its great musicians, and also deprived Eastman of a dear friend. She performed here many times, encouraged outstanding talent among jazz piano students, and rewarded it with the Marian McPartland jazz scholarship. (My one encounter with her was…

Eastman School of Music Faculty Artists Featured in Recitals throughout the Year

Eastman School of Music’s annual Faculty Artist Series, supported by Patricia Ward-Baker, takes off in September with a variety of performances, ranging from tuba to voice and piano.  The programs give local music lovers the opportunity to experience recitals by the faculty artists, whose busy schedules include frequent appearances elsewhere in the world. The performances…

Introduction

This is a first for Eastman and a first for me – a blog about Eastman events, people, concerns, ideas, and perhaps other music-related items that catch my fancy. In my years writing for newspaper and magazines I have seen and heard events at Eastman many times, heard student performers who went on to become…